Charlbury Circular Walk
This circular walk uses part of the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to explore the area around the Oxfordshire town of Charlbury.
The walk is just over 4 miles long, using waymarked footpaths to take you through a lovely part of the Evenlode Valley area of the Cotswolds. There's some attractive countryside, pockets of woodland and good views of the River Evenlode to enjoy.
The town is accessible by rail on the Cotswold Line. It is served by First Great Western trains between London, Oxford, Great Malvern, Worcester and Hereford. This walk starts from the train station which is just to the west of the town.
To extend your walking in the Charlbury area you can head south west from the town and visit Wychwood Forest where you will find hundreds of acres of attractive woodland, pretty streams and a series of lakes and ponds. If you follow the Oxfordshire Way south east from the town you can visit the wonderful Blenheim Park. It's about an 8 mile walk to the park, via the village of Stonesfield.
You could also follow the Oxfordshire way west to Ascott-under-Wychwood. The path follows the river all the way to the village.
Charlbury Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Charlbury Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Charlbury Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Charlbury Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Rose and Crown is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. They have an excellent selection of beers and were voted CAMRA Oxfordshire Pub of the Year and North
Oxfordshire Pub of the Year in 2018. You can find the pub at 1 Market St with a postcode of OX7 3PL for your sat navs.
The Rose and Crown doesn't do food so if you're looking for a bite to eat head to The Bell Inn. The pub is set in a beautiful 18th century Cotswold stone building and has a very good menu. You can find it on Church Street at postcode OX7 3PP.
The country trails on the walk make for a nice dog walk. The expansive Wychwood Forest to the south west of the town is ideal for dog walking too. The Rose and Crown and Bell Inn pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Cornbury Park is another circular walk you can try from the town. It takes you around the old estate on a series of public footpaths with views of the deer park and lakes.
Just to the west is the village of Shipton Under Wychwood where there's a fine medieval church. You can also visit the lovely Foxholes Nature Reserve where there are more nice woodland trails and pretty bluebells in the spring months.
Just a few miles to the north there's the historic Heythrop Park to explore. The 18th century hotel is surrounded by some beautiful parkland and gardens with miles of walking and cycling trails to try.